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The U.S. Constitution: Explained for Every American

Authors: Raphael, Ray
Lexile: 1230,
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HIS036030, POL046000, LAW018000
ISBN: 9780525562917, Related ISBNs: 0525562540, 0525562915, 9780525562542, 9780525562917
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 112,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Politicians come and go, but the Constitution stands as the supreme law of the land. Setting forth the workings of our democracy, it is the bedrock document from which we derive our policies on topics as diverse and galvanizing as immigration, gun ownership, voting rights, taxation, policing, civil liberties, and war.
 
In this indispensable edition, acclaimed historian and Constitutional expert Ray Raphael guides us through the origins, impact, and current relevance of the original text and all twenty-seven amendments. Here is the key historical context for issues in the news today—from the Electoral College to Washington gridlock, from peaceful protests to executive power. Thoughtful and nuanced, lively and highly readable, this annotated Constitution is for all of us to read and refer to—the ultimate political fact-checking source for every American.
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